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More Christmas pics

I had my first holiday gathering last night so the house was tidy enough for me to snap a few pictures. Please excuse the pixilated ones but my ipad is my camera & I still haven’t figured out why sometimes the pics can be so clear & other times…horrible. Lighting has a lot to do with it. Nevertheless, here’s a few more Christmas shots…

The chair & ottoman just came back from the upholsterer with their new slipcover :)
My husband sits in this chair every night to watch tv & the white fabric was looking gross! We thought about replacing it but it is very well made (restoration hardware) & comfy so we opted to have a slip made. This way it can be removed & washed or dry cleaned. I am very pleased with how it turned out & love that we went with contrasting welt.
















Today it’s snowing outside, so we are having a lazy day in our jammies :)


It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
Now if I can just get thru the next couple weeks at work!
And I’ve decided to host Christmas Day at my house…. :0
My mom is the “cook” in our family so hope I haven’t gotten in over my head!

Blessings to all,


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Christmas decor

Just a quick hello. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their friends & family.
I have started decorating for Christmas and wanted to share a few pics. I am using fresh cut trees & greenery this year. The house smells so wonderful.
I will take more detailed shots as it comes together more, but here’s just a few…..


This is the upstairs hallway


Will post more pics soon!
I’m having a gathering this Saturday so I’m running around trying to pull the house together

Talk soon!


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Hello everyone! I know is been a long time since I have posted , but i have some new pretties to share! I finally got new sofas in my living room as well as a new coffee table & sofa table/console. Take a look…..








I love the new square-arm t cushion sofas! They are deep and so comfy….. And slipped. They came from arhaus furniture. They were shown in the store with 3 cushions but I had them changed to two cushion (which I love!) The other nice thing about Arhaus is they always have so many nice fabrics to choose from and if you catch them during a sale, there’s no extra charge for customizing your fabric. I chose a cotton/linen blend in a pale gray/oatmeal color

The coffee table came from William Sonoma. I love the larger size and clean lines

I don’t remember the manufacturer of the console table in the window. It came from a local high end furniture discount store. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and just knew it would be perfect in the window. It reminds me of one that Neirmann Weeks makes here

The new prints I purchased in Florida are hanging behind the sofas…..love them in there :)

I would like to find nicer lamps at some point but I’m currently using some I had stored in the basement.

I also lightened up the drapes. What can I say….im a pale girl all the way. Sometimes I think darker ones would look better to give some contrast but I just love how light & airy the room feels

This room gets flooded in sunlight all day which I LOVE but the house does get pretty warm in the winter without the AC running. So I decided to order woven wood blinds to filter the sun a bit. I chose unlined so the sun still comes in just not as intense. They will add another layer & more texture to the room. They should be done in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait !!

I think that’s it for now, I will post again soon (promise) as soon as the blinds are in. I’m also working on a few other projects which I will post about soon :)

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend. The weather here is gorgeous right now, but I’m hearing possible snow next week??


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Bye bye cherry blossom

I haven’t had the time or desire to blog lately so I apologize for my lack of posts. I thought I’d take a quick minute to blog about a tree that is being cut down tomorrow.

Why am I blogging about this…. Because I couldn’t be happier about it!! It is a very pretty cherry blossom, but it starts dropping leaves late July/early August. And this is a major problem considering its close proximity to the pool

You can’t tell from this pic but trust me when I tell you that it has made keeping the pool area clean a complete nightmare! The leaves surround the pool deck & also fill the pool on a daily basis. I have been trying to convince my husband that it needs to go & he has fought me on this tooth and nail. He enjoys looking at it from his office. In my opinion, it also blocks our view of the pond from the living room and office windows. The negatives far outweigh the positives ( the few weeks that its in bloom in the spring)
Well I’m thrilled to report it’s coming down tomorrow & I couldn’t be more excited!!! We will be replacing it with something smaller that doesn’t shed ( possibly a Japanese maple)

There are plenty of other trees around our pool but none of them shed like that one



I had another tree cut down in the back (see the stump) about a month ago because it was shading the pool too much. The hubs fought me on that one too.


All this focusing on the exterior has me itching to paint the stucco! We haven’t even wrapped up our kitchen redo & I’m already moving on to the next project!

Speaking of kitchen, here is its current state

The side panel & upper cabinets are finished. We just need to order the new door fronts. I’m trying to decide between raised panel or shaker style. I’m leaning towards the raised panel so we won’t have to redo the backside of the cooktop island


That’s all I have for now. Thanks for being patient with me. I will try to post more regularly


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I know it’s been a while since my last post. I was going to wait until i could do a whole new kitchen reveal but the cabinet work is on hold for the moment so I figured that could take forever. Plus there are so many little things I want to add to the kitchen that its going to be a work in progress. But I did get my new appliances in which has made a huge difference so I thought I’d share a few pics

I went with Bosch & I’m loving the 36″ cooktop with 5 burners


The dishwasher is super quiet, you can hardly tell its running


I haven’t peeled the plastic cover off yet…lol

The oven/microwave combo is amazing! The original oven was only 27″ & you could not fit a normal size pan in it, much less a roasting pan. We were worried we’d have to go with the same size since we didn’t change the cabinets but my husband was able to carve out a few extra inches off the cabinet so we put in a 30″ oven & what a difference! It’s by far one of the things I’m most excited about. Both the oven & microwave are also convection which is a nice bonus


As you can see, the backsplash is also done. We went with classic subway tile, I love the clean look. And my husband installed under cabinet lighting



I am thrilled with my marble….couldn’t be happier with it & I love how it looks on the island. I had a slight mishap during a small gathering & got lemon juice on it & it did etch….but I found a great little trick to make it practically undetectable. A little rub with the finest grade steel wool! I seriously have to really search to find it now & only if the light is hitting it just right. So kinda like a new car, it’s broken in now & I’m not sweating the little imperfections



The rusted metal planters came from Ekster’s latest barn sale. I’ve been adding lots of greenery around the house. It brings the rooms to life & adds just a perfect pop of color
I’ve ordered small pendants to go over the island from Joss & Main

Here’s a shot with the unfinished upper cabinets. I’m giving the hubs a break…the kitchen functions well as is so I’m not pushing him to finish (even tho I will be thrilled when it is…wink)


The middle section uppers (between fridge & oven) will be glass front. I’m not sure what to do with the wine rack area….I don’t really like it but its not exactly easy to remove & will make another huge dusty mess ( I found this out when the cabinet had to be cut to widen for the oven) yuck! We’re still scratching our heads about what to do with it….

That’s all I have for now. I will post as more progress is made :)
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend



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Just a sneak peek at my Carrara marble counters…they were installed yesterday while I was at work & I couldn’t wait to get home to see them… It was the worse torture!!! But I LOVE them!!!!


I am head over heels in love with my new Perrin & Rowe bridge faucet too….so glad I did not compromise on that! It is gorgeous….definitely the “jewelry”
My farmhouse sink (Kohler) is nice & deep….can’t wait to use it. The faucet is not hooked up yet because my husband still has to remove the backsplash & install subway tile in its place

Today I came home to this…..so much for the “pretties”….. That didnt last long.


Yes, this is backwards but he didnt have a chance to remove before installation & we had no idea it was going to be such a nightmare…what did they use … crazy glue??

We are still waiting on the rest of our appliances and we need to order the new door fronts so this is going to take some time to complete. I am thrilled so far though and will keep posting updates!


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My new bed was delivered today and I love it!!



My putto (cherub) found a place to hang out too


It came while I was at work and couldn’t wait to get home to see it. It’s even more beautiful in person. I love the upholstered headboard! It’s a keeper :)

On another note, my fabricator is coming out in the morning to remove the granite counters in my kitchen. My husband needs them removed so he can rework the cabinet that will house my new farmhouse sink!! ( I didn’t think I’d be able to get one since we were keeping our existing cabinets, but he will be able to make it work) so exciting!!!! And I’m told the marble will be installed on Wed! Still need to purchase my new faucet. I’ve been looking at the Perrin and Rowe bridge faucet in polished nickel


It also comes with these handles


Here it is in a few kitchens

Joni from Cote de Texas has one in her kitchen




I'm also considering this one



Gotta decide by tomorrow so I can have it in time

Now it’s time to get in my big comfy bed….nite all!


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I’ve been wanting an iron canopy bed ever since seeing this one on Pinterest
Designed by Anelle Primos
There’s something so relaxing and ethereal about this bedroom. I love everything in it, esp those Tara Shaw chests/night stands & Bviz pillows. I’ve been staring at this photo for months….makes me want to change everything in my bedroom. I love the lack of color & simplicity. I find I keep wanting to go this direction more & more these days


Here are some more favorites I have been pinning

Pamela Pierce


Tara Shaw


Eleanor Cummings









Im especially liking the combination of metal with an upholstered headboard. What are your thoughts? Do you love metal canopy beds or do you prefer wood?
The one I currently have is wood but I’m thinking of selling it to a friend & starting over. The new wood floors in my bedroom have me itching for a change ( gotta love that domino effect)

Here are a few contenders…





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The floors are finally done & I love them! It feels like we got all new flooring installed. We’ve been busy moving back in today & there’s still lots to do but I wanted to just post a few pics before heading to bed…

Living room

Family room

View from office

Kitchen!! Love how it flows into the rest of the house

Master bedroom

Here’s a reminder of what our floors looked like on move in day
Much darker with faded areas from the sun

Living room

Dining room


Family room

I love how you see more grain in them now and of course that they are lighter. We were told not to put any rugs down for at least 2 weeks but I’m not really missing them. We only had a rug in the family room & office anyhow…and the zebra in the living room

Here’s the family room with the furniture back in ( and my new coffee table that I just found this week :) I cancelled the Lillian August one I had ordered because it was taking far too long to get, plus was ridiculously expensive) I think this one suits the room better
Ok….I’m out, my whole body hurts & hubs has been passed out for hours! Nite


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All the flooring is finally laid & today they started sanding. I am super excited about all the pale loveliness ! Check out the progress…


The dark around the edges is the original stain




Look at the difference between water based clear coat (on the left) & oil based (right)
I know which one I’m picking!



No more tile in the kitchen!!!!!! I’m so beyond thrilled!


This is the only shot I got of the upstairs, it was too dark to take any pics of the bedroom by the time I got home. Tomorrow they will finish sanding & start applying the clear coat. We should be able to move back in by Saturday :)
The only regret I have is that we should’ve just gotten the other two bedrooms done at the same time but we needed a place to sleep/live & we were just thinking we could do them at a later date. In hindsight, we could have managed in the basement but oh well. Live & learn!
Have a great week!


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